"International Corporate Governance Spillovers: Evidence from Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions," (with Miguel Ferreira, Luis Marques and Pedro Matos) First version August 2013. Recipient of the CICF Best Paper Award at the 2014 China International Conference in Finance, Chengdu, China. Revise and Resubmit at Review of Financial Studies.
Documents that foreign direct investment is a vehicle for governance improvements in host countries.
"Relative Performance, Banker Compensation, and Systemic Risk," (with Luis Cabral and Jose Guedes) first version November 2016. Revise and Resubmit at Review of Financial Studies.
Shows that the presence of relative performance evaluation in compensation contracts and of correlated projects creates systemic risk. Caps on incentive pay and on total pay are not ineffective in reducing systemic risk.
"The Price Effects of Liquidity Shocks: A Study of SEC’s Tick-Size Experiment," (with Shiyun Song and Chen Yao) first version November 2017.
This paper provides causal evidence of the impact of the tick size on stock prices. We believe we are the first to offer such evidence in a long literature! We benefit from a unique field experiment that the SEC is presently conducting.
"Public Pension Funds and Corporate Political Activism," (with Zicheng Lei, Jörg Rocholl, and Chendi Zhang) first version August 2015.
Analyzes the response of firms with and without public pension fund ownership to the U.S. Supreme Court decision on Citizens United v. FEC.
“Skewness in Stock Returns, Periodic Cash Payouts, and Investor Heterogeneity,” March 2010. First version: November 2009.
Models the effect of firm announcements on conditional heteroskedasticity and trading volume.